Ubuntu OS, long a favourite open-source platform for computing, is getting ready to move to the smaller smartphone screen.
The open-source Ubuntu OS will come to a smartphone near you next year.
Ubuntu-run smartphones will be using the same drivers as Android smartphones, a boon for developers, but it will also run well on entry-level smartphones, the organisation has said. Ubuntu for phones eschews Java in favour of native code.
In fact, Ubuntu's website pushes HTML5 and native code apps, a benefit for developers who can create a single app for both the desktop and the PC.
The OS favours swiping gestures to reveal navigation strips and overview pages, similar to RIM's BlackBerry OS 10 and the short-lived Web OS for Palm. Navigation is on the back burner, revealing and hiding with a tap.
Ubuntu for smartphones will rely on gesture navigation.
Canonical, a company dedicated to commercialising the open-source Ubuntu operating system, is backing the project. The Ubuntu website states that its smartphones will be "ready for retail" in the fourth quarter of 2013.